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More on A Moveable Waist from Threads Issue #144

David explains why there's no slit in this photo--YET.

Who hasn’t experienced the moment when your favorite pants are just a bit too snug. Maybe it was the big party last night or a creeping increase in pounds. In either case David Page Coffin’s article in issue #144 makes that problem a no-brainer. Just button the waistband to a looser setting, and relief is on its way!

As a former Threads editor, David knows how much our readers love to understand as much about a subject as they possibly can, but sometimes magazine space just doesn’t allow us to include all that could possibly be said about a topic. To satiate the curious minds of our readers, David has written several blog posts on his personal blog to expand on the topic he wrote about in Threads. You’ll want to read each post and incorporate this fabulous adjustable waist into all of your pants.

For more information about David’s work click BOOKS & DVDS in the red band at the top of this page to find his book “Shirtmaking” published by Taunton Press. You can also follow him on his virtual workshop site and on You-Tube.


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  1. sashacatgrl2 | | #1

    "Author David Page Coffin expands on creating an adjustable waistband."

    Haha! Expands? Adjustable? It struck me as funny.

    Anyway, this was an awesome article. A very intriguing way to create custom-fitting pants, even as one grows/shrinks.

  2. rekha | | #2

    I bought David's book on making trousers out of curiosity about expanding waists.
    Despite David's assurance of the bottom corner of the pocket not kinking I have a feeling that moving 3 inches would. So, last night I tried to solve the problem in my dreams and worked out that using the corsetry 'bones' in the mouth of the pocket would take care of the kink because it would always stay 'stiff'.
    Another interesting suggestion was the use of petersham stays under front pleats of the trouser so they don't splay. In cotton lycra the same idea could be extended by using a one to two inch wide tube of silk organza instead of petersham and stitching the ends to the seam allowances of the centre front and side seams.
    I haven't yet finished reading the book, but it appears to be as valuable as his shirtmaking book

  3. scottishrose | | #3

    I havn't seen any one address this problem but I have been assured that it is a common one. I have a tilted waist. The back of my waist is 6" higher than the front. This causes me no end of problems short of wearing elastic waist pants and long sweaters. Anything with a belt makes me feel like Friar Tuck. Dresses that are high waisted or low waisted will work but are not always in style.Anything that is tucked in - as in a blouse means that the problem is very visual and the belt on the skirt or pants is probably folded over a couple of times. How can I make clothes that fit and look good and feel good without investing in a victorian corset - even that probably wouldn't solve the problem. What styles can I wear other than the tried and true hang out blouse/shirt, baggy sweater? I am a larger size person who is 5'3" tall but even when I got down to a size 12 the problem was more pronounced. Any suggestions short of plastic surgery?

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